What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 40


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 07, 1953 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Harry Sells (she includes the "Mrs." in her signature, which is rare, and John never asks her first name) - "Goat Farmer" (self-employed; from Chesterfield, IN)

Game 2: Max Gilgore - "Corset Salesman" (salaried; he is employed by the Black Corset Company; from Philadelphia, PA)

Game 3: Nelson Eddy (6/29/1901 - 3/6/1967) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Mrs. Carole Frank - "Water Skiing Instructor" (salaried; from Atlantic Beach, Long Island, NY) . .moreless

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John Daly

John Daly

Moderator (1950-1967)

Bennett Cerf

Bennett Cerf

Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

Dorothy Kilgallen

Dorothy Kilgallen

Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

Steve Allen

Steve Allen

Regular Panelist (1953-1954)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Bennett: (taking a free guess at the line of Mrs. Sells, the first contestant) I think she sells "seasells" by the "seasore."

  • NOTES (5)

    • IN REMEMBRANCE: On Friday, June 5, 1953, Roland Young died. He had been a guest panelist on the now lost EPISODE #92 of March 2, 1952. He was the first former guest panelist to pass away. - cerfnet (2009)

      FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at eight down because time ran out. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) Besides Dorothy's modeling of her coronation gown during the intros -- which appeared to be a forerunner to the curtain entrances which will become a fixture on the show starting about two and a half years from now -- Steve is decked out in attire similar to what John was wearing during this period.
      (2) "WML?" NAMEPLATE AND FONT WATCH: It appears that the earlier "MISS KILGALLEN" nameplate set in Franklin Gothic Extra Condensed has returned to the panel desk; though it's unclear due to a combination of the far-away shots of the panel desk and the nature of the kinescope copy, the spacing between Dorothy's appellation and her surname is a bit farther than on her newer nameplate set in Title Gothic Condensed No. 11. Speaking of which, the latter typeface was used for Nelson Eddy's nameplate during his mystery guest spot.
      (3) MYSTERY GUEST: This was the first of two "WML?" appearances by Nelson Eddy. He will make a repeat appearance as a mystery guest on EPISODE #499 of January 31, 1960. Mr. Eddy's long-time singing partner, Jeanette MacDonald, had made her only appearance on the program as a mystery guest on EPISODE #134 of December 21, 1952.
      (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Because only the title card was shown for only a few seconds after the good nights, there were no end credits for GSN to "crunch" when this episode was shown on April 19, 2008.
      (5) "HI-HO, STEVERINO" - TAKE 2: Following the April 19, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the November 23, 1964 edition of "I've Got a Secret" with host Steve Allen and the usual panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan. The celebrity guest for this episode which originally fell before Thanksgiving Day was Mr. Allen's former variety show regular, Louis Nye. This "IGAS" edition was previously aired on GSN on October 16, 2005 as part of a tribute to Mr. Nye, who had died on October 10, 2005 at age 92. - W-B (2008)

    • THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT: Once again, Dorothy Kilgallen uses the term "longhair music" to determine if Nelson Eddy performs classical (longhair) or pop music. (The term "shorthair" is not used to describe the latter). As is mentioned in the notes of EPISODE #3 of March 2, 1950, the association of long hair with popular or rock 'n' roll music didn't come about until after the "British invasion" of the early to mid-1960s. - BuzzDawg (2008)

    • WELCOME HOME PRINCESS DOLLY MAE!!! This episode marked the return of Dorothy after being away for a week while covering the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. She looked cute as she wore a tiara at the beginning of the show and as she modeled the gorgeous gown she was wearing. This also might have been a good omen as she pretty much stole the show. For the first game, Dorothy correctly guessed that the first contestant was a goat farmer. Dorothy wasn't quite as successful with the corset salesman, because she mistakenly said he made them instead of sold them. It was then up to Steve to correctly guess what he did with them. The corset salesman also provided a lot of fun, especially when the male members of the panel were questioning him. Guest panelist Barbara Kelly of the British version of WML correctly guessed that the mystery guest Nelson Eddy, who was on the show to promote his upcoming engagement at the Copacabana. Unfortunately, the only misfire the panel had was with the final contestant. However, they were getting close to her line before the time ran out and she won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2004)

      THE BRITISH WHAT'S MY LINE? - As with most successful American series, it wasn't long before the British had their own version of WML. It too was produced in association with Goodson-Todman. The UK series started the year after the American version and lasted from 1951 to 1962. UK regular panelists included Lady Isobel Barnett, Jerry Desmonde, Gilbert Harding, Barbara Kelly and magician David Nixon. As was mentioned during the introductions, Arlene stayed in England an extra week to appear on the British version of the show, while Barbara Kelly, who was a regular panelist on the British WML, appeared not only on this week's edition but on the previous week as well. Miss Kelly was the first representative of the UK show to appear on the American show, and she wasn't the last. The most famous person associated with the UK show to appear on the American version was the UK show's moderator, Eamonn Andrews. Andrews appeared on the American version several times as a guest panelist. He also had the honor of filling in for John Daly in the moderator's chair on one occasion in June 1959. His final appearance on the American version was as the mystery guest on June 2, 1963, right after he had been named as the head of the Irish Broadcasting Company. - Sargebri (2004)

      BREADBOX WATCH!!! The breadbox question was never asked during the entire evening. - Sargebri (2004)

    • Dorothy wears the long formal gown that she had worn to Queen Elizabeth II's coronation on June 2, 1953, in London, England. Steve Allen prompts her to stand up and show off her beautiful gown made of silver lame and 14,000 pearls. She looked radiant. - Suzanne (2004)

      Nelson Eddy promoted his upcoming appearance at the Copacabana. His engagement begins next Thursday. - Suzanne (2004)

      Tidbits: Arlene Francis is in England, taking Barbara Kelly's spot on the BBC What's My Line? During the goodbyes, Bennett explains that Barbara Kelly does not have much of an English accent since she was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. - Suzanne (2004)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Steve Allen, Barbara Kelly, Bennett Cerf. Arlene Francis had the night off.